Thailand, Malaysia and Japan Win Toddler Tour de France Titles

 

SCWC 2018 Start Gate

 

Rapid City, S.D. (July 21 2018) — Hundreds of families cheered on children 6 years old and younger as they raced balance bikes “Fred Flintstone-style” in the Strider Cup World Championship, dubbed the “Toddler Tour de France” on July 21 in Boulder, Colorado. Thailand and Malaysia took home one title each and Japan won three world titles.

Nearly 320 racers from 26 states and 15 countries showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles such as the Noodle Monster and Bubble Wrap Trap along the 650-foot course. The youngest rider, 19-month old Crew Blake of Littleton, Colorado, strode along the course in his diaper and enjoyed a cool beverage in his sippy cup after the race.

The event included a free ride and play area with demo bikes and helmets to teach children as young as 3 years old how to pedal a bike. Riders rang the “Pedal Graduation Gong” after learning to pedal on the Strider 14x Sport, the latest model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.

 

2018 SCWC Hug

 

2018 SCWC Hug

 

 

 

“The Strider event was the highlight of our summer and we loved the race – especially the sense of community,” said Cameo Irons, mother of racers Evan (3) and Aimlee (5). Aimlee raced her 14x in balance mode and tried pedals on it for the first time in the demo area. “We were amazed! She pedaled on the first try – taking just three strides and off she went!”

The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which enables toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where each received a medal, and the top ten finishers took home trophies – some taller than them. Leo Watanabe of Japan took home the 2-year-old title, Archirawit Chaimongkol from Thailand earned the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Yuhi Otake from Japan won the 4-year-old title, and his countryman Taiga Kuwahara was the 5-year-old winner. Imran Ismail Shariman from Malaysia came in first place in the 14x open class.

On Friday evening Strider presented Imagine Colorado with 10 Strider 14x Sport models designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

Event sponsors Amica, Clif Bar, Honey Stinger, Justin’s, Lasater Pei’s Bars, Quarq, Nitze Ize and Wild Child Bikes provided additional family activities.

The Strider Cup World Championship in Boulder was the season finale for an exciting race season. Strider hosted three previous Strider Cup races in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 5, Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26 and Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 16.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 2 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Colorado “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year-Olds

Tiny riders from around the world to compete in Boulder

 

SCWC - 2018 Boulder

A scene from the 2-and-under starting gate at the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake City, UT

 

Rapid City, S.D. (June 26, 2018) — Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers from around the globe – some still in diapers, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup World Championship, July 20-21, at Central Park & Civic Area in Boulder, Colorado. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.

"Our two sons Aidan (7) and Axel (4) transitioned to pedal bikes with no training wheels due to starting on Strider Bikes,” said Adele Sakich of Arvada, Colorado. “It's amazing to see the progression from tiptoeing along on the bike, to zooming down a hill with their feet up. Riding Strider Bikes has been a great confidence booster. Our favorite part of the Strider experience is the Strider Cup races. We love the energy at all the events!”

 

Aidan and Axel - SCWC 2018 Boulder

Aidan and Axel, Strider Cup phenoms

 

The Strider Cup series, held across the United States and around the globe, is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

“It is a sight to see toddlers from all over the world leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” said Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “Parents who are on the hunt for ways to get their kids to put down their tablets and screens, and enjoy the outdoors, need look no further.”

Each year Strider holds one worldwide racing spectacular, the Strider Cup World Championship. This event draws families from across the world, including Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Ecuador, and more. The youngest rider, 21-month-old Eddie Meyer is making the trip with his family from Overland Park, Kansas, for his racing debut.

A typical race scene involves toddlers, some only 18 months of age, kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 650-foot plus journey over ramps, obstacles and through tunnels. Racers delight in the podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals. The previous two years saw riders from Japan sweeping all of the world titles.

 2017 SCWC - Japan on Podium

Little racers from Japan have proved dominant in prior year Strider Cup World Championship events. 

 

The Strider Cup World Championship runs from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 21 and will include race classes for registered riders 6 years old and younger, as well as a free learn-to-pedal area with demo bikes and helmets for all children.

During packet pickup July 20, Strider will present Imagine Colorado with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

For racers, registration is $27 per class and includes a jersey, number plate, and other goodies valued at more than $50. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Boulder.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires the next generation of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Two-Wheeling Toddlers Race for Titles at NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte

Strider Cup Charlotte - 2-Year-Old Class

 

Rapid City, S.D. (June 16, 2018) — Hundreds of families cheered on children 6 years old and younger as they raced balance bikes “Fred Flint stone-style” in the Strider Cup race June 16 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Over 140 racers from 14 states and Canada showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles and riding over ramps set up along the 650-foot plus course. The youngest rider, 17-month old Chase Reynolds, came from nearby Mooresville, North Carolina to showcase his two-wheeling talents.

 

Strider Cup - Charlotte Obstacles

 

The event included a free ride and play area with demo bikes and helmets to teach children as young as 3 years old how to pedal a bike. Riders rang the gong alerting all in attendance they learned to pedal riding the Strider 14x Sport, a newly launched model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.

4-year-old Carter Lewis from Kennesaw, GA drove in with his family and 2 brothers after learning of the event from a YouTube video that had sparked his interest. “We love seeing all the kids of different ages coming together with a common interest and just having fun outside. We made a weekend of this and are already planning our return to Charlotte for next year’s race” said Carter’s father.

The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which enables toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

 

Strider Cup Charlotte - Girl 14x

 

It was a tight race in the 2-year-old class with Kenny Parker from Lexington, SC crossing the finish line first. While Luke “Duke” Liberto from Mount Airy, MD walked away with a first-place finish in the 3-year-old class.

Reigning 2018, 4-year-old class winner, Pasha Ali, from Trophy Club, TX  took home 1st place again in Charlotte and moves on to the World Championships in Boulder this July.

And the very first winner of the Charlotte 14x class was an enthusiastic Warren “Dubby” Budgen, that traveled all the way from Newman, GA.

During the lunch hour, Strider presented Special Olympics Young Athletes North Carolina with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3-7 years old.

Event sponsors FedEx, Springfree Trampoline, Spirited Cyclist/Uptown Cycles, Honey Stinger, I Heart Water and The Charlotte Observer provided additional family activities.

The Strider Cup in Charlotte marks the third stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races. Previous races were held in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 5 and Cleveland, Ohio, on May 26. The summer of two-wheeled fun culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler biking celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement and racing.

 

 


 

 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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North Carolina “Toddler Tour de France” Welcoming Hundreds of Cute 2- to 6-Year Olds

Tiny riders take over the Queen City at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

 

Strider Cup Charlotte

 

Rapid City, S.D. (May 29, 2018) — Hundreds of enthusiastic toddlers – some still in diapers – from throughout North Carolina and as far away as California and Ontario, will ride in family-friendly bike races and play experiences at the Strider Cup, June 16, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. For parents and spectators alike, the event will provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to take captivating photos and videos.

“It is a sight to see toddlers leaning into turns with huge grins on their faces, exhibiting excellent balance and control,” said Strider Founder and Chief Enthusiast Ryan McFarland. “Parents who are on the hunt for ways to get their kids to put down their tablets and screens, and enjoy the outdoors, need look no further.”

The Strider Cup series, held across the United States and around the globe, is powered by the groundbreaking design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

A typical race scene involves toddlers kicking their legs to propel the bikes along a 500-foot plus journey over ramps, obstacles and through tunnels. Racers delight in the podium ceremony afterward, where the fastest tykes earn trophies and all racers take home medals.

Striding through tunnel

 

The Strider Cup event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will include race classes for registered riders 6 years old and younger, as well as a free learn-to-pedal area with demo bikes and helmets for all children. Other free activities are available courtesy of event sponsors FedEx, Springfree Trampoline, Spirited Cyclist/Uptown Cycles, Honey Stinger, I Heart Water and The Charlotte Observer.

During the lunch hour, Strider will present Special Olympics Young Athletes Charlotte with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

For racers, registration is $27 per class and includes a jersey, number plate, and other goodies valued at more than $50. More information, registration and the full schedule are available at www.StriderBikes.com/Charlotte

Strider Cup marks the third and final stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races. The summer of two-wheeled excitement culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler biking celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement and bike riding.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires the next generation of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Strider Cup Cleveland High-Five

 

Cycling Tykes Conquer Cleveland with Strider Cup Racing

Families celebrate learning to ride on Youth Cycling Day

 

Rapid City, S.D. (May 26, 2018) — Hundreds of families watched tiny tykes 6 years old and younger race balance bikes “Fred Flintstone-style” in the Strider Cup race May 26 in Public Square in Downtown Cleveland. Mayor Frank Jackson declared it Youth Cycling Day in honor of the first Strider Cup race ever hosted in Ohio,

Nearly 150 racers from 19 states and Canada showed off their balance and coordination skills by navigating obstacles and riding over ramps set up along the 600-foot plus course. The youngest rider, 20-month old Cole Quinlan, hailed from Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The only performance enhancer in his sippy cup was whole milk.

The event included a free ride and play area with demo bikes and helmets to teach children as young as 3 years old how to pedal a bike. Riders rang the 14x gong after learning to pedal on the Strider 14x, a newly launched model that starts as a balance bike and includes a pedal kit when the child has mastered balancing.

14x Experience Lean Photo

 

14x Experience - Gong Ring

 

“Zane started riding his Strider over a year ago and started pedaling on the 14x today in just five minutes,” said his father Rob Grabowski, of Metamora, Michigan. He added that the 3-year-old is also riding a PW50 mini-bike without training wheels. “Strider products and these organized races allow kids to experience competition and push the boundaries of what young children can do.”

The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which enables toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where each received a medal, and the top ten finishers took home trophies – some taller than they were. Donovan “D-Money” Cutler from Portland, Michigan, took home the 2-year-old class trophy, Luke “Duke” Liberto traveled from Mount Airy, Maryland, to nab the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Pasha Ali of Trophy Club, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Mason Turner, a 5-year-old from Clarkston, Michigan, came in first place in the 14x open class.

During the lunch hour, Strider presented Special Olympics Young Athletes Cleveland with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3 – 7 years old.

Event sponsors Once Upon a Time Toys, Honey Stinger, Go-Go Squeeze and Lasater Grasslands Beef provided additional family activities.

Strider Cup was brought to Cleveland in partnership with Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and marks the second stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races, with the final Strider Cup race in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 16. The summer of two-wheeled fun culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler biking celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement and racing.

 


 

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

 

About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting more than 190 sporting events which provide nearly $570 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC supports the local economy, utilizes sports as a vehicle to forward community agendas and maintains a goal of producing events that are more successful when held in Cleveland than in other cities. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.

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Strider Cup Fort Worth

Rapid City, SD (May 5, 2018) — More than 250 tykes took part in the Strider Cup Race on May 5 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, to kick off National Bike Month. Children ages six years old and under rode the balance bikes along the 400-foot plus journey over ramps, tires and other obstacles. The youngest competitor came from near Sacramento, California – diaper-clad 19-month-old Onyx Allen, whose mom has been showing him Strider racing videos for the past few months.

The Strider Cup, held in venues across the country, is powered by the revolutionary design of Strider Bikes, which empowers toddlers and young children to safely enjoy the mobility and independence of two-wheel biking at an earlier age than any prior generation.

The Fort Worth event is the first of four U.S. Strider racing events. This was the second time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as eight other states, Mexico and Costa Rica.

“Hudson started riding his Strider Bike before he turned 2 years old,” said his mother Adrianna Cox of Dallas. Hudson won the 2-year-old-and-under class. “It’s amazing how his balance has progressed. It’s so much easier for kids to learn to ride on balance bikes than to use training wheels. The Strider race today was a great experience for the little guys to compete and have fun. Everyone was so supportive and cheering each other on – we loved it!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where each received a medal, and the top ten finishers took home trophies – some taller than they were. In addition to Hudson Cox taking home the 2-year-old class trophy, Jameson Gilbert came down from Houston and took the top spot on the podium for 3-year-old racers, Pasha Ali of Trophy Club, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Brecken Yingling, a 6-year-old from Topeka, Kansas, came in first place in the 14x open class.

Event sponsors Springfree Trampolines, Bicycles Inc., Splash Kingdom, The Sufferfest and Honey Stinger provided additional family activities.

During the lunch hour, Strider presented the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas with 10 Strider 14x Sport Bikes, designed for children 3-7 years old.

Fort Worth marks the first stop along the way for the 2018 U.S. races, with additional Strider Cup races in Cleveland, Ohio, May 25 and Charlotte, North Carolina, June 16. The summer of two-wheeled fun culminates July 20–21 in Boulder, Colorado, with the Strider Cup World Championship, an international toddler racing celebration attracting families from across the globe for two days of camaraderie, excitement, and racing.

 

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.

Founded in 2007, in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold more than 1.9 million bikes and is distributed in more than 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 in cash & genuine Strider Bikes to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Rapid City, S.D. (Feb. 7, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The 2018 Strider Cup World Championship is the culmination of a racing series that includes three stops across the country this spring and summer, with Boulder, Colorado, hosting the World Championship race at Central Park/Boulder Civic Area Friday and Saturday, July 20 – 21. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, May 26 in Cleveland, Ohio, and June in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the date yet to be determined.

Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age two to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children 18 months to 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider designs efficient, balance bikes and balance bike accessories for children age 6 months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to inspire kids to ride by building lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that build two-wheeled confidence in children. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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2018 Strider Cup® Asian Championship Coming to China

Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 23, 2018) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc., the world’s premier balance bike manufacturer is gearing up for the 2018 racing season. As Strider Bikes help teach more and more children how to ride, Strider Cup® races continue to grow in popularity around the globe.

The 2018 Strider Cup Asian Championship will be held on April 29, 2018 in Beijing, China. This is the third Strider Cup Asian Championship, and the first time it is being hosted in China. Tokyo, Japan hosted the Strider Cup Asian Championship in 2016, followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2017 (VIDEO).

This event will be held at the Hong Chang Jun Sports Leisure Park (http://www.juntiyu.com/) near the center of Bejing. With the popularity of the Strider Cup Asian Championship growing each year, over thousands of racers ages 2 through 5 have a first come, first serve chance to be a part of a limited 500-entry race that will determine some of the top Strider racers in Asia. The maximum number of international participants for this event is limited to 100 entries. International translation services will be provided in Chinese, English and Japanese.

Registration for international contestants will open Feb. 1, while registrations for Chinese participants opens March 1. For more details and registration info, visit: http://www.strider-cn.com/.

Look for 2018 Strider Cup Asian Championship racers to make their way to Boulder, CO for the 2018 Strider Cup World Championship.  We had many Asian Championship Racers participate in the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship in Salt Lake, UT, and can’t wait to see our global Strider family come together for this event.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age six months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook, or Instagram.

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Cleveland Hosting World’s Cutest Toddler Race

2018 Strider Cup® National Race Series Features 2 – 6-Year-Olds on Balance Bikes


Rapid City, S.D. (Jan. 18, 2018) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its United States 2018 Strider Cup races, part of the international Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and young children. Dubbed by many as the “cutest race in the world,” these family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Bike skills to the test.

The series includes three stops across the country this spring and summer, with Cleveland hosting the two-wheeled tykes at the race in Public Square on Saturday, May 26. Other races will be May 5 in Fort Worth, Texas, and the World Championship on July 20-21 in Boulder, Colorado.

Ryan McFarland, CEO and founder of Strider Sports, said the races seek to encourage cycling among young children. “When you get kids active and outdoors, it develops habits that will last a lifetime,” McFarland said. “Too many kids get sucked into video games or just play structured sports. But riding a bike is something you can do every single day, from age 2 to 100.”

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 18 months and 6 years old who want to show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other Strider riders from around the country. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Strider Balance Bikes are developed for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Pre-registration is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for highlights and images from the 2017 race series.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud parents, grandparents and siblings eagerly encouraging the racers in their family as bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops.  Toddlers, some still in diapers, wearing colorful helmets lean forward at the 24-foot wide start gate, kick their short little legs, and embark upon their 650-foot-plus journey over and around obstacles such as tires, water features and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the crowd of proud parents and spectators.

ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children age six months – 7 years old, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider has sold over 1.8 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. The company has donated over $1,000,000 to charity through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship!

Wow – what an amazing record/breaking day of international toddler Strider bike racing! Nearly 400 toddlers from 14 countries and 30 riders with special needs competed for the worlds fastest Strider bike rider in Saturday's races held at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. Little legs lined up behind the 24 foot start gate and strode over, through and around various obstacles along the 777 foot custom built race course. We all witnessed little Finn transfer up four times in the 3-year old category and we were blown away by the speed of the Japanese riders who in the end swept all the titles. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, Dannon Yogurt mustaches, and racing!
 
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our title sponsor Dannon and their staff from West Jordan Utah for the support, yogurt and for donating bikes to the Salt Lake Head Start. A big thanks also to Competitive Cyclist for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to LDS Hospital, The Color Run, Chick-Fil-A and Real Shades. Thanks also to the Gallivan Center as well as the City of Salt Lake City for their support! We had a fantastic time this weekend and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike. Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in 2018!

We're already in the planning stages for 2018! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to get the latest news.

Photos are available on our Flickr page: Friday Night, and Saturday (Race Day)

Video:

News Coverage: KSL TV, ABC 4, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Deseret News (Special Needs Coverage) Telemundo Utah (live feed), Telemundo Utah (Starting at 1:35), The Week, MSN.com, Triathlete.com, Standard-Examiner

 

A HUGE shout out to Dannon, our title sponsor, and our class sponsors; Intermountain LDS Hospital, Competitive Cyclist, The Color Run, and Chick-fil-A City Creek Center!

 

results from each "A main" race:

2 year old AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 101

  • 1#162 - Kaisei Nishimura - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2#135 - Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
  • 3#201 - Jax Awekamp - Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4#134 - Huxley Fair - Morrison, CO
  • 5#103 - Emitt Prado - Martinez, CA
  • 6#120 - Mikito "Mickey" Takamatsu - Bangkok, Thailand
  • 7#139 - Carson "Squishy" Robbins - West Jordan, UT
  • 8#172 - Masen Winfrey - Ogden, UT
  • 9#126 - Hunter Falk - Kamas, UT
  • 10#178 - Mason Burns - Syracuse, UT
  • 11#191 - Beckett Wood - Mapleton, UT
  • 12#118 - Ryder Fowler - West Point, UT
  • 13#150 - Rudy Davis - Bluffdale, UT
  • 14#193 - Elsie Stone - Lehi, UT

 

3 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 137

  • 1#142 - Raito Kaneko - Yonezawa, Japan
  • 2#125 - Yuhi "Super Yuhi" Otake - Hirakata, Japan
  • 3#157 - Eddie Wei - Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • 4#174 - Mioko "Mio" Oka - Nagoya, Japan
  • 5#140 - Misaki "Misakix" Takao - Ikoma, Japan
  • 6#130 - Kai Murayama - Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 7#133 - Minato "Minapon" Watanabe - Kyotanabe City, Japan
  • 8#112 - Weston Storey - Ogden, UT
  • 9#182 - Logan Nielson - Saratoga Springs, UT
  • 10#183 - Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
  • 11#126 - Lukas Nielsen - Price, UT
  • 12#165 - Jace Gardner - West Jordan, UT

 

4 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 76

  • 1#128 - Taiga Kuwahara - Mishima-shi, Japan
  • 2#116 - Kei Murayama - Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 3#119 - Keiya Takamatsu - Bangkok, Thailand
  • 4#123 - Kohaku "Kohachi" Miyazaki - Oosakasi, Japan
  • 5#137 - Zion Angela - Savaneta, Aruba
  • 6#135 - Greg Santiago Delgado - Turrubares, Costa Rica
  • 7#117 - Chen "A bao" Pinchi - New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 8#108 - Jacob Bodamer - South Jordan, UT
  • 9#156 - Khoi "Tin" Tran Minh - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • 10#136 - Gage Holladay - Midvale, UT
  • 11#148 - Reed "Reedo" Mahin - Jackson, ID
  • 12#139 - Holden Denton - Heber, UT
  • 13#109 - Charles "Charlie" Noyola - Redwood City, CA

 

5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 43

  • 1#112 - Waku Kunitate - Nisshinshi, Japan
  • 2#111 - Nick "Nicknack" Wangvilai - Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3#104 - Sota Suzuki - Anjyo, Japan
  • 4#126 - Haruka Nagao - Chiyoda-ku, Japan
  • 5#105 - Ryuhey "Ryu" Satoh - Akirunoshi, Japan
  • 6#114 - Ruka Izumitani - Inazawa, Japan
  • 7#115 - Yamato Ogata - Higasioumi-si, Japan
  • 8#102 - Taro Matsuzawa - Gunma-ken, Japan
  • 9#119 - Shito Kimura - Mishima, Japan
  • 10#116 - Ryutaro "Taro" Fukuoka - Saitama-ken, Japan
  • 11#106 - Yudai Nagai - Kyoto-shi, Japan
  • 12#117 - Amane Kaneko - Yonezawa, Japan
  • 13#113 - Namiki "Namikix" Takao - Ikoma, Japan

     

    Special needs Strider Class - Total Riders = 30

     

    Lucy Lewis
    Calder Almoney
    Mariah Proctor
    Katie Proctor
    Ailey Proctor
    Kyler Westmoreland
    Brooklyn Cope
    Xander Love
    Savannah Love
    Jacob Connell
    Hendrick Frame
    Maddox Bird
    Rhett Bird
    Holland Van Gelder
    Sebastian Van Gelder
    Molli Vernon
    Sabine Coleman
    Joey Vandermeide
    Dominic Williams
    Hunter Clark
    William Weedon
    Olivia Heiner
    Jacob Brown
    Haylie Brown
    Savannah Nelson
    Kyrie Nelson
    Monica Weedon
    Davis Pauley
    Sara Clark
    Emma Clark

     

     

       

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